The billion-dollar King of Prussia (KOP) rail project took a major step forward last week, when SEPTA awarded the design contract for the project’s first phase to a construction engineering company. The $7.3 million contract, awarded to Missouri-based company, HNTB, will allow the group to start designing the KOP rail, which will see the Norristown High Speed Line (NHSL) extended to provide service to five stops in KOP. HNTB will be working off a conceptual design for the rai
There are many reasons to embrace transportation demand management (TDM), among them environmental, public health, and economic benefits. But as commutes in metro areas all over the country become longer, one of the most compelling reasons behind businesses choosing to offer mobility perks is the boost they see in their own recruitment and retention efforts. Amazon’s recent search for a home for its second headquarters near public transit highlighted a growing awareness among
Taking public transit only works if you can get to and from your stop. Since the advent of ride-hail services, the option to combine modes of transportation makes the bus or train more doable, especially when those hailed rides are shared. UberPool and Lyft Shared allow public transportation riders an option for that so-called first mile-last mile problem at a lower cost than hailing a solo ride. But prices still vary and those services require a credit card and a smartphone.
The future of California’s ambitious but troubled high-speed rail project is murkier than ever. Always controversial, the California High-Speed Rail (CHSR) project, which promises to whisk passengers from Los Angeles to the Bay Area in about 2 hours and 40 minutes at speeds that hit 220 mph, has experienced cost overruns and delays since it was conceived a decade ago. When approved by California voters in 2008, the project was projected to cost $40 billion. Since then, howeve
KING OF PRUSSIA, PA (January 25, 2019) - The King of Prussia Rail (KOP Rail) Project has reached two milestones within the month. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) Board has approved a contract to advance further engineering of the KOP Rail extension of the Norristown High Speed Line, (NHSL). The selected consultant team is led by HNTB, an infrastructure solutions firm serving public and private owners and contractors. The contract scope encompass
Uber Urges Europe to Boost Investment in Public Transportation Networked cars, like Uber and Lyft vehicles, have already transformed the way millions worldwide get around, and they will continue to reshape the urban mobility picture in the years to come. But not so much as to make public transit obsolete. In fact, public transit will remain the bedrock upon which 21st-century urban mobility rests — that’s the message Pierre-Dmitri Gore-Coty, Uber’s Regional General Manager fo
The status quo in American road design is claiming more and more lives, according to some transportation safety advocates. The 2019 edition of Dangerous by Design, a recurring report by Smart Growth America and the National Complete Streets Coalition, finds that the number of people struck and killed while walking has grown a startling 35 percent since 2008. There are multiple factors behind this, but the report emphasizes one in particular: overly wide arterials that give to
Uber is looking to integrate autonomous technology into its bike and scooter-share programs. Details are scarce, but according to 3D Robotics CEO Chris Anderson, who said Uber announced this at a DIY Robotics event over the weekend, the division will live inside Uber’s JUMP group, which is responsible for shared electric bikes and scooters. The new division, Micromobility Robotics, will explore autonomous scooters and bikes that can drive themselves to be charged, or drive t